MANILA – Samantha Lo ended up wearing an old outfit during the national costume competition of Miss Grand International 2019 in Venezuela.
The Philippine representative was spotted on stage in a Tausug-inspired creation by Edwin Uy which she first wore in the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant.
Uy made a few tweaks to the national costume, as seen in the photos below:
Uy explained that Lo had to improvise as her original national costume for Miss Grand International 2019 was stuck in Paris, along with her luggage.
Lo left the Philippines on October 9 but only arrived in Venezuela on October 20 after having problems with her travel documents.
“She (Lo) messaged me the night before she left for Venezuela asking for help for her national costume as she had no choice but to leave her new costume in Paris,” Uy recalled in a Facebook post. “She came to my shop early morning the next day to pick up the national costume and left later that day.”
The designer continued: “Sam’s luggage was left in Paris, including the new costume I made for her. The time she was sent home, Sam was being charged $2,000 for her excess baggage. She was willing to pay the amount, but the problem was they didn’t want to accept payment in US dollars and that time, all money changers in the airport were already closed. She was left with no choice but to leave some of her things there.”
In another post, Uy showed the national costume that Lo was supposed to wear in Miss Grand International.
Lo has been vocal about winning the title in the Miss Grand International 2019 coronation night set on October 25.
The Philippines has yet to win a Miss Grand International crown. Last year’s representative, Eva Patalinjug, failed to make it to the Top 20.